Gala 2019


6:30 PM

Dinner and Dancing

8:00 PM

Gala Go-Chairs
Jacqueline L. Bradley
Kathryn C. Chenault
Carol Sutton Lewis
Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi

Black Tie

Presenting the Fourteenth Annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize


The River Pavilion,

Javits Center

429 11th Avenue,

New York, NY 10001


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Please help us build on the event's momentum with an additional donation that will enable the Museum to nurture the next generation of artists of African descent and inspire our audience of diverse visitors. In the coming years, the Museum will continue to embed its exhibitions and education and community programs in the gathering places and green spaces of Harlem through our initiative inHarlem. Your gift will allow the Museum to deepen its connections to and work within the Harlem community.

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Honoring Leonard A. Lauder

Leonard A. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus and the senior member of the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of prestige skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. He is also an active philanthropist and is deeply involved in the worlds of art, education and politics.

Mr. Lauder currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he was a trustee from 1977 to 2011. He has been one of the museum’s most significant benefactors, giving a milestone gift of $131 million in 2008 to the museum’s endowment, and helping the museum acquire 948 works of art, 760 of which he gifted personally.

Mr. Lauder is also a long-time supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2013, Mr. Lauder pledged his 78-piece collection of Cubist art to the museum and has since added five major works to that promised gift. In concert with his Cubist collection donation, he helped establish the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, which supports a robust program of fellowships, focused exhibitions and public lectures, and is the first such center dedicated exclusively to modern art within an encyclopedic museum.

Mr. Lauder is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and the Honorary Chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He is also a major supporter of the University of Pennsylvania, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Among Mr. Lauder’s honors are the Légion d’Honneur, the “Lone Sailor” Award given by the United States Navy Supply Corps Foundation, and the Palazzo Strozzi Renaissance Man of the Year Award. He was also named a 2014 Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy and received the esteemed 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy as a member of the Lauder family in recognition of the family’s long-standing commitment to philanthropy and public service.

Mr. Lauder was married to Evelyn H. Lauder, Founder of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation from 1959 until she passed away in 2011. They had two sons together and five grandchildren. In 2015, Mr. Lauder married Judy Glickman Lauder, a philanthropist and internationally recognized photographer whose work is represented in more than 300 public and private collections. Mr. Lauder and Ms. Glickman Lauder received Gordon Parks Foundation Patron of the Arts Award in 2016.

The Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize

The Studio Museum in Harlem is honored to announce the fourteenth presentation of The Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize at Gala 2019. The Prize recognizes the achievements of an artist who demonstrates great innovation, promise, and creativity, and includes a monetary award of $50,000. Established by jazz impresario, musician and philanthropist George Wein in memory of his wife, Joyce Alexander Wein, an esteemed trustee of the Studio Museum for many years, the Prize honors the legacy of a woman whose life embodied a commitment to the power and possibilities of art, artists, and culture.


Winner: Torkwase Dyson

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Torkwase Dyson received a BA from Tougaloo College in 1996, a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999, and MFA from Yale School of Art in painting/printmaking in 2003.

Though she works in multiple forms, Dyson describes herself as a painter whose compositions address the continuity of movement, climate change, infrastructure, and architecture. For Dyson these subjects in relationship to each other inform abstractions that explore the history and future of Black spatial liberation and environmental racism.

Dyson's solo exhibitions and installations include Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, New York; Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago; Bennington College VAPA Usdan Gallery, Vermont; Cooper Union, New York; Colby College Museum of Art, Franconia Sculpture Park, Maine; Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, and Davidson Contemporary, New York. Group exhibitions include Between the Waters, Whitney Museum of American Art; Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum; Look for Me All Around You, 2019 Sharjah Biennial; PopRally: Practice and Ritual, Museum of Modern Art.

Torkwase Dyson has been awarded the The Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, The Lunder Institute of American Art Fellowship, Spelman College Art Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Council grant, Yale University Barry Cohen Scholarship, the Yale University Paul Harper Residency at the Vermont Studio Center, Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, FSP/Jerome Fellowship and Yaddo.

Dyson’s work has also been supported by the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, The Laundromat Project, the Green Festival of New York, Obsidian Arts and Public funds of the City of Minneapolis, Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, The Kitchen, and Dorchester Projects in Chicago.

Torkwase Dyson lives and works in New York and is a critic at the Yale School of Art.

Board of Trustees

Raymond J. McGuire, Chairman

Carol Sutton Lewis, Vice-Chair

Rodney M. Miller Sr., Treasurer

Jacqueline L. Bradley, Secretary


Laura Day Baker

Dr. Anita Blanchard

Kathryn C. Chenault

Joan S. Davidson

Gordon J. Davis, Esq.

Damien R. Dwin

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Sandra Grymes

Arthur J. Humphrey Jr.

George L. Knox

Nancy L. Lane

Dr. Michael L. Lomax

Bernard I. Lumpkin

Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi

Holly Peterson

Ann G. Tenenbaum

Reginald Van Lee

Lise Wilks



Hon. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the City of New York

Roxanne John, Mayoral Designee

Hon. Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator

Gala 2019 Supporters


Frank and Laura Day Baker

Jacqueline L. Bradley and Clarence Otis

Kathryn C. and Kenneth I. Chenault

Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg

FS Investments and Damien Dwin

Global Infrastructure Partners


Susan and John B. Hess

Holly Peterson Foundation

Holly Phillips MD and Jose Tavarez/

Bank of America Private

Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr.


Nancy and Howard Marks

Rodney M. Miller, Sr.

News Corp/Toni and Dwight Bush

Amelia and Bayo Ogunlesi

Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Inc.

Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley

Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Lise and Jeffrey Wilks



BET Networks

Patricia Blanchet/ Peggy Cooper Davis

and Gordon J. Davis/Venable LLP

Frank Cooper, III

Joan S. Davidson

Gladstone Gallery

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management

GCM Grosvenor

Agnes Gund

Hauser & Wirth

Suzanne McFayden

Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire

RBC Capital Markets

Sciame Construction, LLC

Troy Taylor

Marva Smalls/Viacom


Elaine Wynn



Atlantic Records

Bloomberg Philanthropies

David Zwirner Gallery

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group

Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins/

Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia

Nyssa and Chris Lee

Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi

Marcus Mitchell and Courtney Lee-Mitchell

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

National Basketball Players Association

Pace Gallery

Van Cleef & Arpels

White Cube




Dawoud Bey

Galerie Lelong & Co.

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Barbara Bluhm-Kaul Foundation

Brooke Garber Neidich



Peg Alston

Angela Vallot & Jim Basker

Tamara and Gregory Belinfanti

Terri and Alvin Bowles

Darby English

Waldo and Rita Falkener

Stephen Friedman

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

Samuel L. Guillory

Joyce and Ira Haupt, II

Tom Healy and Fred Hochberg

Alexis Johnson

Noel Kirnon

Raymond Learsy

Luhring Augustine

Marian Goodman Gallery

Mitchell-Innes and Nash Gallery

Jack O'Kelley III

Paula Cooper Gallery

Reginald Van Lee

Begum Yasar



Abigail Ross Goodman

Derrick Adams

Adjaye Associates

Alexander Gray Associates LLC

Arlene Bascom

Charles Boyd

Michèle and Joseph Brazil

Isolde Brielmaier

Judith Byrd

Pippa Cohen

Cooper Robertson

Dawn L. Davis

Susan Fales-Hill

John H. Friedman and Jane Furse

Gavin Brown's enterprise

Tamsen Greene

Philip Shneidman

Barbara Hoffman

Arthur J. Humphrey, Jr

Samuel Levi Jones

Peter Kunhardt

Nancy L. Lane

Andrea J. London

Marianne Boesky Gallery

Margaret S. Morton

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Thao Nguyen

Nnamdi Okike

Nora Orallo

Marc Payot

Luis Penalver and Elizabeth Davis

The Phillips Murray Foundation

Kim Powell

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Jamel Shabazz

Marsha E. Simms

Storm King Art Center

Stout Thomas & Johnson

Timothy Tompkins

Pauline Willis

Neda Young

Zubatkin Owner Representation



Shelley and Phillip Aarons

Jody and John Arnhold

Jimmy Arnold

Michele and Timothy Barakett

Susan and Jonathan Bram

Emily F. Braun

Ursula Burns

Lester Coney/Mesirow Capital

Saundra and Don Cornwell

Randi Cutler and Joel Cutler

Craig J. Goldberg

Allen and Deborah Grubman

Hallie S. Hobson

Patricia Redd Johnson

Tina Kim

Gail and George Knox

Dorothy Lichtenstein

Susan and Glenn Lowry

Madison Square Park Conservancy

Marie-Josée & Henry Kravis Foundation

Charles and Karen Phillips

Jonelle Procope and Fred Terrell

Lynda & Stewart Resnick

Andrea Rosen

Scott Rothkopf

Emily Russell

Cindy Sherman

Deirde Stanley and Shawn Massiah

Jerome L. Stern Family Foundation

Tracey T. Travis


George Wein